Award-winning Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German was found stabbed to death outside his home on Saturday morning, according to local media and police reports.
The Review-Journal reported that police responded to a 911 call around 10:30 a.m. Saturday and found German, 69, dead outside his home with stab wounds. Police believe German was in an altercation before the stabbing and it appears to be an isolated incident.
Police were looking for a suspect on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
“It’s shocking and incomprehensible to everyone in our newsroom. It’s a huge blow. Jeff was loved, admired, trusted and incredibly valuable to our organization,” said editor Glenn. Cook in an interview, “And it goes without saying that he will be missed terribly and it just won’t be the same to come back to the newsroom and he won’t be a part of it.”
Cook said German had not raised any concerns about his safety with the newspaper’s management team.
“We hope they find this person very quickly so that we can get answers to all the questions that we have as colleagues and friends, in relation to the work that we all do,” he said. .
German was previously a longtime columnist and reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, where he covered courts, politics, labor, government and organized crime, according to his biography. He joined the Review-Journal in 2010, where his investigative work covered articles on organized crime, political corruption and government failures.
Cook said German’s “bread and butter” “heralds big stories”, with many of his investigations leading to significant reform.
“It’s very hard to imagine what Las Vegas would be like today without all of its accountability over the past decades,” he said. “Jeff wasn’t one of those larger-than-life personalities in the newsroom. But you could tell he almost had this kind of cranky streak and if he walked around the newsroom with a groove on the forehead, you knew something big was coming and it was close. That’s how you knew Jeff was about to smash a big one.
“We were saddened to learn of the passing of Jeff German. Looking at all of his work over the years, it’s clear he’s had a major impact on Las Vegas and Clark County,” wrote Diana R. Fuentes, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, in an email to The Times. “He was doing what we all aspire to as journalists: holding those in power accountable and giving voice to the voiceless.
German was the author of a 2001 organized crime book, “Murder in Sin City: The Death of a Las Vegas Casino Boss”, and was the author and host of the second season of the podcast on the Review-Journal’s true crime “Mobbed Up: The Fight for Vegas.
In 2017, the German announced that the Mandalay Bay mass shooter had targeted jet fuel tanks before spraying bullets from his hotel room into crowds at country music festivals on the Las Vegas Strip, killing people. dozens of people, according to the Review-Journal.
“Shocked to learn of the passing of longtime Las Vegas journalist Jeff German. It was a senseless act of violence. The loss of life in this way is always shocking and must stop. We will be following the police investigation closely,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman wrote on Twitter.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak called German “hard but fair,and “an excellent mentor for young reporters”.
Cook said German was unmarried and had no children, but had surviving siblings.
German’s colleagues will continue to cover the story, Cook said, from the time a suspect is arrested through the prosecution and adjudication of any case.
“We will remember his murder intensely for a long time. And it’s difficult,” Cook said, adding that the newspaper’s management is in the process of making bereavement counseling available to staff.
German’s colleagues flooded social media to remember his work and presence in the newsroom. They characterized the German as a dogged journalist passionate about the kind of stories that hold powerful people to account and inspire policy change.
“To mourn my gifted friend and colleagueRhonda Prast, the paper’s associate editor for investigations and engagement, wrote on Twitter. “So proud to have worked with you for the past 3 years in the I-team. A huge loss for me and #LasVegas.”
“Jeff loved his job,” Cook said. “He loved being an investigative journalist. That’s all he wanted to do. And people like that are irreplaceable.